Good 20 Mile Run Today
Today's Run- 20 mile run. I spent the first 16 miles learning and running at the same time - I watched history documentaries while I was on the treadmill. Then I ran 4 miles outside. I was outside with only two more miles to go and I thought, "This is my day!" The usually warm water fountain had cool water, the rain was cooling me off and even though I had already run nearly 20 miles, I still felt good. I ate salted white rice before my run and raisins and pretzels at miles 6, 11 and 16. Miles 5-16: 9:01 ave. pace.
Sunday- 10 mile inside/outside afternoon run (I usually run in the AM). On the treadmill I ran a warm-up mile and then 2 miles at 8:45 pace and 2 miles at 8:32 pace. Then I ran 5 miles outside - 95 degrees with only 44% humidity today rather than the usual morning 80 degrees with 90% humidity. I was able to average 10 minute miles outside today. The heat dried my mouth out completely, but I had water with me so this wasn't a problem. Otherwise, swallowing would have been painful.
Monday- 6 mile run and strength training. Ave. pace: 11:39 - humid morning run so I'm back to the slower pace.
Tuesday- 12 mile run with 7 on the treadmill. 5 of those miles were 1/4 miles of hills from 5-10% with 1/4 mile runs at 0% incline. I felt some pain at the 10% incline and then the pain came back when the run was done. Walking hurt.
Wednesday- First day off from running in a week and a half - a planned day off. My ankle is better.
Thursday- 6 mile run and strength training. No ankle pain! Thanks to the guy running with a heavy backpack, I felt 50 pounds lighter after I saw him. Ave. pace: 10:38.
Gu Brew vs. Nuun electrolyte tablets (Tri-berry flavor)- I sometimes use these tabs when I run in the heat. One day this week, I took a bottle of each brand with me. I like them both. GU tastes sweeter.
2007 Pike's Peak Marathon & Ascent Race - This video was fun to watch when I was doing hillwork.
Kim Dobson Broke Pike's Peak Record - Dobson recently broke the record by a huge 8.5 minutes!